• A new way to experience plays

    From curriculum classics to contemporary writing.

    An award-winning digital library of playtexts, filmed live performances, audio plays, theory and practice.


    Our collection providers: Bloomsbury (Methuen Drama and Arden Shakespeare), Faber and Faber Ltd, Nick Hern Books, Shakespeare's Globe, The American Shakespeare Centre, Hamlet the Film, Stage on Screen, V & A and L.A. Theatre Works.
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  • Shakespeare's Globe On Screen

    New videos now live!
    Experience the magic of live theatre from the world's most famous stage. 

    Stunning Shakespeare and Early Modern films, recorded live on stage in high definition and surround sound. 

    Award-winning performances, critically acclaimed productions and leading actors e.g Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry.
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  • New Play Collections

    Two new play collections are now live!


    Playwrights Canada Press - Over 170 plays from established and emerging Canadian playwrights. View the collection


    Aurora Metro Books - Over 120 plays offering a wide-ranging and highly contemporary list of new drama. View the collection

  • Award-winning film adaptations

    Now Live!
    BBC Drama Film Adaptations

    The Hollow Crown Series 1 and 2
    • • Featuring Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Whishaw, Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville and more
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  2. New films: Shakespeare's Globe on Screen Collection.
  3. Playwrights Canada Press and Aurora Metro Books now live
  4. The Hollow Crown and BBC Drama Films now live

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Collections

Playtexts

Core Collection

Over 1,300 plays from Bloomsbury, including Methuen Drama, and Arden Shakespeare, and Faber & Faber, plus production stills from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the American Shakespeare Center

Aurora Metro Books

Over 120 plays and non-fiction books on theatre from Aurora Metro Books, including wide-ranging and highly contemporary new drama with a focus on women’s drama, international drama and drama by black and Asian writers

Nick Hern Books Modern Plays

Over 400 plays from a specialist theatre publisher Nick Hern Books featuring pre-eminent playwrights including Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, and Caryl Churchill

Playwrights Canada Press

Over 170 plays from notable and award-winning authors including Daniel MacIvor and Hannah Moscovitch



Audio

L.A. Theatre Works

More than 350 important dramatic works in streaming audio from the curated archive of the US’s premiere radio theatre company. The plays include some of the most significant dramatic literature of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and are performed by leading actors from around the world including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Martin Sheen, Helen Hunt, John Goodman and hundreds of others



Video

BBC Drama Films & Documentaries

Stunning film adaptations of core curriculum plays from Sophocles to Oscar Wilde, alongside modern classics such as Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen

The Hollow Crown

Shakespeare’s history plays featuring a star-studded cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant, Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville, and Tom Hiddleston

Maxine Peake as Hamlet

A landmark reinvention of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Maxine Peake in the title role

Shakespeare's Globe on Screen

22 films recorded live on the Globe stage from leading actors including Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, and Roger Allam’s Olivier Award-winning Falstaff in Henry IV

Shakespeare in the Present

A six hour acting masterclass with international coach Patsy Rodenburg, starring Joseph Fiennes

Stage on Screen

Critically acclaimed stage productions of four key set drama and literature texts: The Duchess of Malfi, Doctor Faustus, The School for Scandal, and Volpone



Critical Studies and Performance Practice

Context & Criticism

The Arden Shakespeare Studies Archive provides historical, critical, and theoretical background to Shakespeare’s work and the Bloomsbury Methuen Drama Theatre Studies Archive offers companions to theatrical movements, theatre histories, geographies, playwrights, and research into applied theatre

Theatre Craft

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama Performing Arts Collection covers acting methods as well as practical instruction on performance and stagecraft

News and Updates


March 2017: Playwrights Canada Press Collection is now available for trial and purchase.

More information.
Browse the collection.

March 2017: Aurora Metro Books Collection is now available for trial and purchase.

More information.
Browse the collection.

December 2016: The Hollow Crown Series 1 & 2 now available for trial and purchase.
More information.
Browse the collection.

December 2016: Shakespeare's Globe on Screen: new videos now live.
Browse the collection.

October 2016: BBC Drama Films now available for trial and purchase. Browse the collection.

The Hollow Crown Series and BBC Drama Films to join Drama Online this autumn. More information.


February 2016: Drama Online shortlisted for the "Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award", IPG Independent Publishing Awards, 2016.

More information about this.


Modern plays from Nick Hern Books are now available for trial and purchase.